What we do
The project intends to look at membership as a relationship between supply and demand, the members and the party organization, in a dynamic perspective. We focus on two main questions: (1) Under which conditions and how do parties recruit and retain members, and (2) What’s happening inside parties once members have joined, and we link them to the general debate on party membership decline.
In answering these questions, our ambition is to contribute to the field on three aspects:
(1) To conduct the most ambitious data collection on party membership so far,
(2) To propose high-standard methodological tools in order to go beyond a static picture of party membership, and
(3) To renew our pool of theoretical models, moving away from traditional models of political participation.
More details about the project can be found in the paper, which was presented at the 2014 IPSA World Congress.
Who is involved?
- Project Director
Emilie van Haute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cevipol
- Project Management & Administration
Caroline Close, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cevipol
Emilien Paulis, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cevipol
- Advisory Board
Susan Scarrow, University of Houston
Steven Weldon, Simon Fraser University
Paul Whiteley, Essex University
- Country experts
Australia Anika Gauja University of Sydney Austria Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik University of Vienna Belgium Emilie van Haute Université libre de Bruxelles Brazil Pedro Floriano Ribeiro Universidade Federal de São Carlos Canada William Cross Carleton University Croatia Bojana Kocijan Central European University Cyprus Christophoros Christophorou University of Nicosia Czech Republic Lukas Linek Czech Academy of Sciences Denmark Karina Kosiara-Pedersen University of Copenhagen Estonia Vello Pettai University of Tartu Finland Jussi Westinen Åbo Akademi University France Pascal Delwit Université libre de Bruxelles Germany Tim Spier Universität Siegen Hungary Zsolt Enyedi Central European University Iceland Indridi Indridason University of California, Riverside Ireland Liam Weeks University College Cork Israel Ofer Kenig The Israel Democracy Institute Italy Giulia Sandri Université catholique de Lille Latvia Jānis Ikstens University of Latvia Lithuania Mažvydas Jastramskis University of Vilnius Mexico Viviens Sierens Université libre de Bruxelles Netherlands Ruud Koole Leiden University Joop van Holsteyn Leiden University Josje den Ridder Leiden University Gerrit Voerman University of Groningen Norway Knut Heidar University of Oslo Anders Ravik Jupskås University of Oslo Poland Anna Paczesniak University of Wroclaw Portugal Paula Espirito Santo Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa Romania Sorina Soare Universita degli studi di Firenze Alexandra Ionascu University of Bucharest Slovakia Michal Zemanik University of Bratislava Slovenia Alenka Krasovec University of Ljubljana Spain Oscar Barberà Universitat de Valencia Juan Rodriguez Teruel Universitat de Valencia Sweden Niklas Bolin Mid Sweden University Switzerland Andreas Ladner Université de Lausanne United Kingdom Lynn Bennie University of Aberdeen